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How Do I Transfer Old SSD to New SSD?

My OS is only 2-month old and it's set up with all of my stuff (there are a lot of programs and configurations setup). What's the best way to migrate everything over from my old OCZ 240GB SSD to my new Samsung 1TB SSD? Thanks!

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Why clone SSD to SSD?

Replacing HDD (Hard Disk Drive) with SSD (Solid State Drive) to get better performance of operating system is very popular among Windows users. Yet SSD isn’t famous for large capability like HDD is. So it is easier to get low disk space warning after a couple of months or seasons’ usage.

Therefore, it is not uncommon for Windows users to purchase new SSD and to copy SSD to new SSD. Actually, backup SSD and restore the image to the new SSD later could count as a good way if you don’t take restoration as troublesome because cloning smaller SSD to larger SSD will save the last step.

How to clone SSD to new SSD?

It is hard for you to clone SSD to larger SSD within Windows Disk Management since it is a missing feature in Windows operating system. Hence, it is time to turn to 3rd party software. You need one kind of software that supports not only cloning to bigger SSD but also cloning to smaller SSD.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best free disk clone software for home use. It can meet all your demands:

✧ It can clone large HDD to smaller SSD with intelligent clone. It can also make an exact copy of the source disk with sector-by-sector clone.
✧ It can fit all partitions on the new SSD with “SSD Alignment” to optimize SSD performance.
✧ It has a user-friendly interface, so don’t worry about the operations even though you have less knowledge of computer.
✧ It supports Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, Windows XP and Windows Vista. 

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Steps to clone SSD to another SSD with AOMEI Backupper

In the first place, connect the new SSD to your computer. You might need to format the new drive before you can use it. Then, follow the guidance below to clone SSD to SSD in Windows 10/8/7:

Firstly, install and open AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone, and select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Note: The Standard edition only supports cloning system disk from MBR to MBR partition style. If you want to clone MBR disk to GPT, GPT disk to MBR, or GPT disk to GPT (containing OS), please turn to AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher editions.

Secondly, select the old SSD as the source disk.

Select Source Disk

Thirdly, select the new SSD as the destination path.

Select Destination Disk


Fourthly, click Start Clone. To start you PC from the new SSD after cloning, be sure to change the boot sequence in BIOS, or replace old SSD with new SSD manually.

Start Clone



  • It is strongly recommended to check "SSD Alignment" box since the destination drive is an SSD. It will speed up the rate of reading and writing as well as prolong the service life of SSD.

  • This operation will clone only used part by default. If you need to clone every sector of the old SSD, make sure to check "Sector by sector clone" box.

  • If you click "Edit partitions", you will get three sub-options as follow. Upgrade to make use of the advanced options:

Copy Without Resizing Partitions


Cloning SSD to new SSD could be easy with AOMEI Backupper, and you can boot your computer with new SSD exactly after cloning. If your internal hard drive is HDD instead of SSD, then you can clone boot drive to SSD, too. Further, many helpful features like system backup, disk backup, transferring C drive to SSD are built in this software. Feel free to use it!